Kendrick Lamar Named A Man Of The Year
The good kid, from the M.A.A.D. city has arrived. This year, GQ magazine has included the Compton MC on their coveted “Man Of The Year” list which includes Justin Timberlake, Will Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey, and the late, great, James Gandolfini.
…on seeing Tupac in a vision when he was 21:
“I was coming from a late studio session, sleeping on Mom’s couch. I’m 26 now—it wasn’t that long ago. I remember being tired, tripping from the studio, lying down, and falling into a deep sleep and seeing a vision of Pac talking to me. Weirdest shit ever. I’m not huge on superstition and all that shit. That’s what made it so crazy. It can make you go nuts. Hearing somebody that you looked up to for years saying, ‘Don’t let the music die.’ Hearing it clear as day. Clear as day. Like he’s right there. Just a silhouette.”
…on the state of his relationship with Drake:
“Pretty cool.” Shrugs. “And I mean, I would be okay if we weren’t.”
…on if Drake is one of his role models:
“No—peer. If anything. We all peers.”
…on rumored confrontations at Diddy’s Ciroc Amaretto Launch Party / VMA Afterparty:
“It was all love at that party,” he told me on the private jet.
…on the themes of his music:
“It wasn’t just about money, hos, clothes, drinkin’,” he explains. “I mean, I come from that world, but at the same time, I started to realize that there’s people out there that can’t really connect to that lifestyle. They’re in the struggle.”
Check out the freestyle K.Dot kicked while primping for the camera.
Helluva year for this guy, but he better have another trick up his sleeve, the pressure is on.
Image via GQ